Chelsea’s remaining fixtures compared with Tottenham, Liverpool, Man Utd and top four rivals


International breaks are never the most fun part of the season, if we’re being honest, and we have reached the halfway stage of the current one.

Plenty of Chelsea players have been in action for their country over the last couple of days. In midweek, only N’Golo Kante didn’t pick up a win for their country as France drew 1-1 with Ukraine on Tuesday night in Paris. On Wednesday, every Blue in action emerged on the winning side in Europe.

Kante’s outing against Ukraine came at a cost though as the midfielder picked up what has bene described as a slight hamstring injury. He has been ruled out of the rest of the international break and is in a race to be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 3.

Thomas Tuchel’s side kick off the run-in for the 2021/22 season as they play the first match of the new gameweek on Saturday lunchtime in west London. If they beat the struggling Baggies then they can close the gap to third-place Leicester to two points before the Foxes face runaway leaders Manchester City at the King Power a few hours later.

Tuchel will be hoping his remaining players on international duty remain injury-free with two further games for most of them to play before reporting back to Cobham late next week, not leaving them very long to prepare for the West Brom clash.

The race for the top four could be one of the more exciting storylines for the remainder of the season outside of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi final against City and Champions League quest as well, with arguably eight teams all still in with a shout of finishing in the three spots behind likely champions City.

So how do all the fixtures stack up for each of the contenders when the Premier League is back and the run-in gets underway? We take a look.

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Chelsea

Chelsea face lowly West Brom and Crystal Palace in their next two matches before a big clash on the opposite side of the capital.

The visit to West Ham on April 24 could be a defining match for both sides before what looks like a very tough end to the campaign for Tuchel and his players.

They need to make the most of the upcoming two games in the league to tighten their grip on a top four spot. The fixture at home to Brighton also needs to be rescheduled with the Blues in FA Cup action on April 17.

03/04 – West Brom (H)

10/04 – Crystal Palace (A)

24/04 – West Ham (A)

01/05 – Fulham (H)

08/05 – Man City (A)

12/05 – Arsenal (H)

15/05 – Leicester City (H)

23/05 – Aston Villa (A)

Brighton (H) TBC

Man Utd

The Reds saw off West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league last time out to give themselves another two points on Chelsea after the the Blues could only manage a draw at Leeds.

United take their unbeaten away league record to Brighton after the international break before a big game against Spurs and former manager Jose Mourinho. Two big matches in Leeds (A) and Liverpool (H) could define their season.

03/04 – Brighton (A)

10/04 – Tottenham (A)

17/04 – Burnley (H)

24/04 – Leeds (A)

01/05 – Liverpool (H)

08/05 – Aston Villa (A)

11/05 – Leicester City (H)

15/05 – Fulham (H)

23/05 – Wolves (A)

Everton

Three straight wins in the league had seen Carlo Ancelotti’s side firmly put themselves in the equation for the top four but they have lost their last two, one of them to Chelsea, to hit a bump in the road and lost to Burnley at Goodison Park last time out.

The Toffees need to reschedule a visit to Aston Villa in the not too distant future and have a big game on April 3 at Crystal Palace to get themselves back on the wagon and back into the top four race. Two tough games in mid-April at home to Spurs and away to Arsenal will be key, as will a visit to West Ham in early April.

03/04 – Crystal Palace (H)

10/04 – Brighton (A)

17/04 – Tottenham (H)

24/04 – Arsenal (A)

01/05 – Aston Villa (H)

08/05 – West Ham (A)

11/05 – Sheffield United (H)

15/05 – Wolves (H)

23/05 – Man City (A)

Aston Villa (A) date TBC

Leicester City

Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans celebrate Leicester City's FA Cup fifth round victory over Birmingham City
Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans celebrate Leicester City’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Birmingham City

Brendan Rodgers’ men swatted aside Sheffield United 5-0 last time out in the league to gain a couple of points over Chelsea and remain third in the standings behind the two Manchester clubs.

The Foxes have a brutal end to the campaign however as they will play Man Utd, who they beat in the FA Cup on Sunday, Chelsea and Spurs in their final three matches.

Picking up points against West Brom, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle in April and May will be crucial to their hopes of a top four finish. They fell away at the worst time last season after lockdown to ruin their chances of a top four finish and will be hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice.

03/04 – Man City (H)

10/04 – West Ham (A)

17/04 – West Brom (H)

24/04 – Crystal Palace (H)

01/05 – Southampton (A)

08/05 – Newcastle United (H)

11/05 – Manchester United (A)

15/05 – Chelsea (A)

23/05 – Tottenham (H)

West Ham

David Moyes’ side are flying this season and are firmly in the race for the top four after an excellent season in east London. That said, they will look back at Sunday’s 3-3 draw against Arsenal having been 3-0 up as a massive missed opportunity. Had they won, they would have drawn level on points with Chelsea heading into the international break.

The Hammers have a very pleasant looking run-in as they take on three struggling teams in Brighton, West Brom and Southampton. Cheklsea’s visit to London Stadium on April 24 is a pivotal game for both sides.

03/04 – Wolves (A)

10/04 – Leicester City (H)

17/04 – Newcastle United (A)

24/04 – Chelsea (H)

01/05 – Burnley (A)

08/05 – Everton (H)

11/05 – Brighton (A)

15/05 – West Brom (A)

23/05 – Southampton (H)

Liverpool

Liverpool’s win over Wolves in the Premier League last time out kept their hopes of a top four finish alive as they sit five points behind Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have an enticing set of fixtures for their run-in if they are still in the race with four games to go. Their trip to Manchester United in early April could be a key game for both sides.

03/04 – Arsenal (A)

10/04 – Aston Villa (H)

17/04 – Leeds (A)

24/04 – Newcastle United (H)

01/05 – Manchester United (A)

08/05 – Southampton (H)

11/05 – West Brom (A)

15/05 – Burnley (A)

23/05 – Crystal Palace (H)

Tottenham Hotspur

Three straight wins had put Jose Mourinho’s side back into the top four equation after an up and down campaign in north London before being beaten 2-1 by bitter rivals Arsenal.

However, Spurs bounced back on Sunday by wining their game in hand over Aston Villa to put an uneasy week for Mourinho to bed.

They face tough away games at Everton and Leicester City after the international break, with Manchester United at home also potentially a decisive game.

03/04 – Newcastle United (A)

10/04 – Manchester United (H)

17/04 – Everton (A)

01/05 – Sheffield United (H)

08/05 – Leeds United (A)

12/05 – Wolves (H)

15/05 – Aston Villa (H)

23/05 – Leicester City (A)

TBC – Southampton (H)





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